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"We are not a nation of motorists": Led By Donkeys projects moving 20mph speed limit video onto Houses of Parliament, after PM's pledge to end "war" against drivers; Hi-vis victim-blaming; When you win a race without noticing + more on the live blog

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04 October 2023, 13:39
"We are not a nation of motorists": Led By Donkeys projects moving 20mph speed limit video onto Houses of Parliament, after PM's pledge to end "war" against drivers

Several cycling campaign groups, including Cycling UK and the London Cycling Campaign have shared this work by Led By Donkeys on social media, a video projected onto the Houses of Parliament hearing the story of a mother who lost her son Bobby Colleran to a road traffic collision outside a school. 

During the video Joanne questions the prime minister and his government, who at this week's Conservative Party Conference further outlined their 'Plan for Motorists' to tackle the "war" against drivers, namely their plan to "update 20mph zone guidance" to prevent blanket measures...

"For you not to support it... Why? Why?" she asks. "Because our children should be safe and should be here. You're five times more likely to be killed when you're hit by a vehicle travelling at 30mph. Prime minister, we are not a nation of motorists, we are a nation of families."

The London Cycling Campaign shared the video, thanking Joanne and saying "we demand safe streets for our children". Head of campaigns at the LCC, Simon Munk commented, "When politicians pit 'drivers' against families, we all lose".

"The 'Plan for Drivers' is a plan for congestion, collisions, children maimed and killed, a plan for increasing emissions, pollution and inactivity. It's truly horrifying culture war rubbish to shill votes from idiots," he continued.

Cycling UK shared it too, earlier this week the charity accusing the Conservatives of an "ill-fated attempt to win" votes with pro-motoring policies that risk "undermining" active travel success.

Those comments came after transport secretary Mark Harper used his speech at his party's conference to build upon Rishi Sunak's pledge to end the "war on motorists". On Monday, Harper said the Conservatives are "proudly pro-car" and said the Department for Transport would review guidance on 20mph speed limits in England and opposes their blanket use, would continue the review into low-traffic neighbourhoods, and aims "to stop councils implementing 15-minute cities".

Cycling UK's chief executive Sarah Mitchell called on the government to instead come up with a "holistic plan", not one that "zooms in on one particular mode of transport".

> Rishi Sunak’s 'Plan for Motorists' will "rob people of choice" and force them to drive, say cycling and walking campaigners

She said: "A plan that gives us the freedom to choose how we travel, maximising our ability to opt for healthy, cheap and convenient options.

"Better public transport, and safer ways for people to cycle and walk are entirely compatible with driving. Focusing on one way of travelling is like trying to complete a jigsaw with half the pieces missing.

"No.10 seems intent on undermining some of the government's most successful transport policies of recent years. Ministers should be proud of their achievements on walking and cycling rather than ditching them in an ill-fated attempt to win support in advance of the general election."

04 October 2023, 15:49
Lee Williams sets new Pembroke to Great Yarmouth coast-to-coast record
Lee Williams (FTP Racing/Facebook)

Lee Williams of the FTP Racing team has set a new RRA record for the coast-to-coast Pembroke to Great Yarmouth, 350-mile course. From South Wales to Norfolk in 14 hours flat at an average speed of just under 25mph (40km/h), to take more than one hour 20 minutes off the previous best.

Chapeau...

04 October 2023, 15:40
A "war on motorists" triple header

That's a hat-trick. Elsewhere in the United Kingdom...

04 October 2023, 15:30
Protected cycle lane on busy city road could "unintentionally deliver a more dangerous environment" by creating rat runs, councillor warns
04 October 2023, 15:24
Bell helmets introduces 100 per cent crash replacement scheme
2023 Bell Falcon XR LED MIPS Road Helmet.jpg

Bell Helmets has introduced a 100 per cent crash replacement scheme... for all helmets bought during October and November. Sorry September 30th buyers, no replacement for you.

Oh, and you have to replace your helmet within 12 months of purchase. For the rest of you they've got the usual 40 per cent scheme "aimed to provide riders with support if they encounter unfortunate accidents".

04 October 2023, 14:11
CONFIRMED: Michael Mørkøv and Vasilis Anastopoulos join Astana Qazaqstan for Mark Cavendish's encore
Michael Mørkøv and Mark Cavendish, 2023 Tour de France (Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

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In the last hour it's also been officially confirmed that Astana Qazaqstan will be bolstered by leadout king Michael Mørkøv and the coach, Vasilis Anastopoulos, who played a key part in Mark Cavendish's 2021 renaissance to win four Tour de France stage wins and equal Eddy Merckx's record.

Of course you all know by now that Cav is sticking around for another year, another Tour, and another shot at the record...

> "Just one more year": Mark Cavendish to continue racing in 2024 and target Tour de France record

Speaking about his transfer Mørkøv said "of course, I am happy to reunite with my former teammate Mark Cavendish to chase the new victories for him".

"Besides, the upcoming year is a year of the Olympics and I have a big ambition to fight again for the gold medal in Madison. The team is ready to provide me a good support in chasing this dream and I am really grateful for it. In general, I am happy and ready to provide all my experience in cycling to help the team to reach its biggest goals throughout the next season," he said.

You all better do your homework before next year...

> Mark Cavendish's top 10 greatest Tour de France stage wins

04 October 2023, 10:06
"Just one more year": Mark Cavendish to continue racing in 2024 and target Tour de France record
04 October 2023, 09:46
"It's down to us adults to enable more of this for more children"

Remember, kids, it doesn't get easier, you just go faster... 

04 October 2023, 08:55
Amusing cycling press releases #253: Ride the Maratona dles Dolomites where everything is... "Anatta, as taught by the Buddhist"
Maratona dles Dolomites - scenic

One of cycling's most iconic, bucket list events is back in 2024 — the Maratona dles Dolomites. Here's why, in the words of president of the organising committee Michil Costa, he thinks you should make it your goal for next year...

In the nocturnal silence of the Dolomites. Everything is Anatta, as taught by the Buddhist. The lack of a permanent self, of its independence. Nothing is self-sufficient, everything that exists lacks its own autonomy.

The body parts, even the legs that serve to push the pedals, the hands that grip the handlebars, the eyes that gaze at the Dolomites, are a non-self, and we humans can only exist when we are in relation. In relation to others and in relation to the non-human.

This is precisely the principle of 'mutatio', because everything changes continuously. Will the Maratona change? Certainly, it will change. Just as you change now, as you are reading this. Panta rei, everything flows...

Well, that's me sold...

Online pre-registration is open between October 10 and November 6 before the ballot in the second half of November. The 8,000 starting places will be split 50/50 between Italian and foreign cyclists.

Maratona-dles-Dolomites-2013-PassoSellaSunburst

'But what about the event's logo?' I hear you ask...

We began with artistic research, drawing on literature and art. Literature immediately makes us dream in the texts of Kafka and Ovid; visual art, on the other hand, is a journey into the world of Henry Matisse, Heronymus Bosch, up to the most modern artists of optical art, above all Victor Vasarely.

From this research, we first of all extrapolated the colour violet, the colour of metamorphosis, transformation and the union of opposites. Thanks to this colour, we developed the first concept we wanted to express, that of creating a lettering that is impalpable, ethereal, incomplete... mutable.

The result is an open form that has no boundaries, almost at the limit of legibility, because it is still alive and mutating.

04 October 2023, 08:37
Met Police victim-blaming storm over advice for cyclists and pedestrians to "be seen"... using discredited, edited picture

It's that time of year, with the nights drawing right in, for police force social media teams to earn a kicking by uploading something like this...

That photo in particular has been discredited by many, Fiets.UK doing an at-length run through of all the problems with it, primarily that it appears to have been edited with filter applied to reduce colour, high contrast levels to crush black colours, and is overall "not a realistic view; not what the eye would see in the real world", Fiets.UK concluded.

Then there is the victim-blaming accusations we all signed up for...

I think we can say we've all experienced first-hand and heard of enough riders hit by motorists, despite wearing hi-vis and having lights on their bike, to know it's not quite as simple as "be seen" and you'll be fine. Ahem...

> Near Miss of the Day 838: "Tell me again about hi-vis and lights!" — Cyclist narrowly avoids collision at mini roundabout

> Near Miss of the Day 850: "Lights, reflectors and hi-vis — if they ain't looking they won't see you"

Another respondent asked the force to "please don't use this fake image, and please don't blame children for existing when it's the car that poses the deadly threat." 

04 October 2023, 08:25
Jumbo-Visma pro wins race, doesn't realise, keeps riding

Per Strand Hagens of Jumbo-Visma's development team took another pro win yesterday, even if he didn't seem to know he had at the time...

The 20-year-old, born in... *checks notes*... 2003 (disgusting, I know), did eventually stop to take the rather amused acclaim of his team's staff...

04 October 2023, 07:39
"It's not over yet": Astana Qazaqstan confirms Mark Cavendish will continue racing in 2024

Good morning...

We'll bring you more as we get it, Cav's team dropping this hardly cryptic video as a way of announcing their star man will be hanging around for another season. Let's be honest, he was never going to go out like that, was he?

A mid-stage crash at the Tour de France was never the Hollywood ending the career of a 35-time stage winner deserved, and it seems we're going to get one final chapter in 2024.

> Mark Cavendish's Tour de France bikes through the years — from Scott to Specialized, every bike the Manx Missile won his 34 Tour stages on

Oh, and did I mention Astana have reportedly already secured the services of leadout extraordinaire Michael Mørkøv and Cav's 2021 coach Vasilis Anastopoulos for next season too? The pair who played major parts in the Manx Missile's quadruple stage haul two years ago. Yep, it's not over yet...

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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HLaB replied to Trevor Anderson | 4 months ago
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essexian replied to HLaB | 4 months ago
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I read the document you note and am concerned by the amount of heavy lifting the word: "Could" is being put to. 

In other words...yes, the Government "could" do all of these things but you would be a total fool if you actually believed they will do so. 

Get the Tories (of all colours: Blue/Yellow or "Red") gone! 

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eburtthebike replied to HLaB | 4 months ago
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What a reinvestment in sustainable transport not!

Find out about every new transport project in your region - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Thanks for that.  Just sent the PM this:

"From your own office As a result of the decision to scrap the extension of HS2, every region will now receive investment in the modes of transport that matter to you most.

I live in the Forest of Dean, MP Mark Harper, Minister of Transport.  I have looked at the document Find out about every new transport project in your region and am unable to identify a single transport project in the area, let alone the ones that matter to me most: cycling and walking, or Active Travel.  I am aware, however, that a few months ago, Mark Harper cut funding for Active Travel by 2/3rds.  Given that Active Travel is far and away the best investment, with a benefit:cost ratio at least twenty times that of any other, surely some of the money saved from cutting HS2 could be re-directed to that.

I ask that the cuts made to Active Travel funding are immediately restored and then guaranteeing a minimum annual increase of 25%.  And could we have some money for Active Travel in the Forest of Dean please?"

You can do the same https://contact.no10.gov.uk/

Please note that one of the special characters you can't use in quotation marks "" but they don't tell you that.

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Benthic | 4 months ago
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Rather arrogant of the child in the photo to expect to be safe on the pavement from motorists.

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brooksby replied to Benthic | 4 months ago
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Are you sure it's a child?  Could be a short adult who's some sort of supernatural serial killer...

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Patrick9-32 | 4 months ago
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That picture pair could easily be framed as "When driving you can't always expect people to be dressed like traffic cones. Drive like there is a child you can't see. Pay attention and be ready to react to things you don't expect" 

It is also dark in the summer at night, do we expect every person in britain to replace every item of clothing that might end up as the outer layer at night with a high vis version in case they are walking near a road at night? Do we ban black T shirts, hoodies, cardigans, shirts, coats etc? No, of course we don't. High vis should be reserved for situations where it is appropriate, not blanket applied to everyone at all times. When everything is highlighted, nothing is highlighted. 

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HoldingOn replied to Patrick9-32 | 4 months ago
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If you buy a dark car, don't forget to cover it in hi-viz decals to make it easier to be seen....

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giff77 replied to HoldingOn | 4 months ago
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But then will all those HiViz adorned vehicles become invisible due to their sheer numbers. I remembered years ago being at Disneyland when a thunderstorm broke. All of a sudden we were surrounded by thousands of yellow poncho wearing tourists. At one stage I lost the group I was with and couldn't spot them until everyone was divested of their outer garments. 

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stomec replied to giff77 | 4 months ago
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But then will all those HiViz adorned vehicles become invisible due to their sheer numbers. I remembered years ago being at Disneyland when a thunderstorm broke. All of a sudden we were surrounded by thousands of yellow poncho wearing tourists. At one stage I lost the group I was with and couldn't spot them until everyone was divested of their outer garments. 

Please be very, very careful when divesting yourself and/or others of outer garments at Disneyland. 

Or anywhere in public.

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giff77 replied to Patrick9-32 | 4 months ago
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What I found interesting was that the image provided by Olivier with the children already on the road was that the one in dark clothing was more visible. 

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bensynnock replied to Patrick9-32 | 4 months ago
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High Vis means nothing of people aren't looking. There I am, decked out like a dayglo Christmas tree, and still I get 'sorry mate, didn't see you'.

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HoldingOn | 4 months ago
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Excellent to see so many giving that hill a good go!

My only, important, question - did pink helmet make it to the top without stopping?

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quiff replied to HoldingOn | 4 months ago
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Fair play to Hamish - if you can run a bike bus up there...

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Trevor Anderson | 4 months ago
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*** CENSORED BY GCN ***

Yesterday, I watched the latest edition of the GCN show.  Si Richardson conveyed the "good news" that cycling casualties in the UK in 2022 were the lowest on record.

I made an entry in the comments section, the essence of this being the data reported in the RRCGB is about as reliable and believable as when Lance Armstrong stated "I've never tested positive for doping!"

My comment was deleted by GCN within minutes of being posted.  Perhaps it's not the message they want to promote?

RRCGB stands for REPORTED Road Casualties for Great Britain.  The big emphasis is on REPORTED.  Cyclists are being injured in road traffic collisions which are not being REPORTED, so they do no count, they are not included in the casualty statistics.

One example can be found on Road.cc :https://road.cc/content/news/police-criticised-after-family-catapulted-c...

Quote "a spokesperson for Essex Police explained to the Daily Gazette that the incident was not attended because there were no serious injuries reported and that the road in question was clear of any obstruction."

 

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to Trevor Anderson | 4 months ago
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Trevor Anderson wrote:

*** CENSORED BY GCN ***

Yesterday, I watched the latest edition of the GCN show.  Si Richardson conveyed the "good news" that cycling casualties in the UK in 2022 were the lowest on record.

I made an entry in the comments section, the essence of this being the data reported in the RRCGB is about as reliable and believable as when Lance Armstrong stated "I've never tested positive for doping!"

My comment was deleted by GCN within minutes of being posted.  Perhaps it's not the message they want to promote?

RRCGB stands for REPORTED Road Casualties for Great Britain.  The big emphasis is on REPORTED.  Cyclists are being injured in road traffic collisions which are not being REPORTED, so they do no count, they are not included in the casualty statistics.

One example can be found on Road.cc :https://road.cc/content/news/police-criticised-after-family-catapulted-c...

Quote "a spokesperson for Essex Police explained to the Daily Gazette that the incident was not attended because there were no serious injuries reported and that the road in question was clear of any obstruction."

 

Maybe because GCN is generally a positive place trying to get people into cycling and informing educated and well meaning cyclists of factual information and good news, rather than here which is a never-ending rabbit hole of frothing doom and gloom. 

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ktache replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 4 months ago
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And trolling.

Don't forget the trolling.

Sorry, couldn't help myself...

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giff77 replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 4 months ago
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GCN is primarily geared up to leisure road cycling.  Articles on utility and the issues faced are few and far between. I don't think I've seen a vid of any of the presenters wearing duds while on their bikes. 

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quiff replied to giff77 | 4 months ago
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Honourable mention for a video Si did on running a cargo bike (though he does (entertainingly) give it a GCN spin by skidding it right at the start).

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Trevor Anderson replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 4 months ago
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Wearing "rose tinted glasses" won't make road cycling safer!

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Cugel replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 4 months ago
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Left_is_for_Losers wrote:

Trevor Anderson wrote:

*** CENSORED BY GCN ***

Yesterday, I watched the latest edition of the GCN show.  Si Richardson conveyed the "good news" that cycling casualties in the UK in 2022 were the lowest on record.

I made an entry in the comments section, the essence of this being the data reported in the RRCGB is about as reliable and believable as when Lance Armstrong stated "I've never tested positive for doping!"

My comment was deleted by GCN within minutes of being posted.  Perhaps it's not the message they want to promote?

RRCGB stands for REPORTED Road Casualties for Great Britain.  The big emphasis is on REPORTED.  Cyclists are being injured in road traffic collisions which are not being REPORTED, so they do no count, they are not included in the casualty statistics.

One example can be found on Road.cc :https://road.cc/content/news/police-criticised-after-family-catapulted-c...

Quote "a spokesperson for Essex Police explained to the Daily Gazette that the incident was not attended because there were no serious injuries reported and that the road in question was clear of any obstruction."

 

Maybe because GCN is generally a positive place trying to get people into cycling and informing educated and well meaning cyclists of factual information and good news, rather than here which is a never-ending rabbit hole of frothing doom and gloom. 

More likely that GCN, a collection of infantile folk and vids structured for the infantile avid consumers of post-modernity, don't want their advertisers complaining about anything that reduces the sale of bikes and bits. After all, that's what GCN and similar mass media cycling organs are for.

DId you think they were some sort of charity for promoting safe and green cycling? They'll claim that but in fact they're advert-organs, first & last, targetting cycling fashion victims with money to spend.

Their behaviours on their bikes often makes me cringe at how unaware they seem to everyone else around them, as they gurn and chatter at the camera, adopting the, "Lookit me, I'm racing" mode rather than looking where they're going. The equivalent of the 1950s Wizard or Bunty Comic .... but for cyclist boys and girls who never grew up.

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to Cugel | 4 months ago
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Cugel wrote:

More likely that GCN, a collection of infantile folk and vids structured for the infantile avid consumers of post-modernity, don't want their advertisers complaining about anything that reduces the sale of bikes and bits. After all, that's what GCN and similar mass media cycling organs are for.

DId you think they were some sort of charity for promoting safe and green cycling? They'll claim that but in fact they're advert-organs, first & last, targetting cycling fashion victims with money to spend.

Their behaviours on their bikes often makes me cringe at how unaware they seem to everyone else around them, as they gurn and chatter at the camera, adopting the, "Lookit me, I'm racing" mode rather than looking where they're going. The equivalent of the 1950s Wizard or Bunty Comic .... but for cyclist boys and girls who never grew up.

So just to be clear from the above, GCN are infantile (despite often referencing road.cc in their weekly GCN Show) and for infantile avid consumers, yet you clearly watch it because you cringe at their behaviour 

So you are describing yourself as an infantile avid consumer?

Road.cc is also an advert led site...and they are loosely mass media (despite any newbies being jumped on and any reading the site would be led to believe that cycling is a death wish)

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Cugel replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 4 months ago
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Left_is_for_Losers wrote:

So just to be clear from the above, GCN are infantile (despite often referencing road.cc in their weekly GCN Show) and for infantile avid consumers, yet you clearly watch it because you cringe at their behaviour 

So you are describing yourself as an infantile avid consumer?

You do paffle-wiffle on, old poffler.

So, are you a-one o' these that emits indignant criticisms of books, plays, filums and the like despite never having read or seen them, as you jump aboard some reactionary-loon bandwagon trundled out by the latest Mrs Whitehouse of even Lozza the Loon? How does one criticise summick without personally partaking of it?

I consume a GCN youboob about once a month .... but they never seem to get beyond the boy-racer ooh-aahing lookitme stuff. In fact, they seem to be gradually getting worse. All the wee screen title thingies now have one or another of 'em doing an exagerated excito-gurn with poppy eyes, open gobble and the waving of a mit clutching summick or other.

Once upon a time children eventually grew up. Not now, though. Permanent childhood goes with constant toy consumption, I suppose.

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Rendel Harris replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 4 months ago
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thisismyusername wrote:

So just to be clear from the above, GCN are infantile (despite often referencing road.cc in their weekly GCN Show) and for infantile avid consumers, yet you clearly watch it because you cringe at their behaviour.

So you are describing yourself as an infantile avid consumer?

Yeah, what sort of person goes to a site they continually slate as rubbish day after day, leaving countless comments there telling everyone how rubbish it is, telling all the subscribers and commenters they're shit too? What a total Loser they'd have to be. Especially if they even came back to carry on doing it under another name having been banned.

 

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to Rendel Harris | 4 months ago
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Rendel Harris wrote:

Yeah, what sort of person goes to a site they continually slate as rubbish day after day, leaving countless comments there telling everyone how rubbish it is, telling all the subscribers and commenters they're shit too? What a total Loser they'd have to be. Especially if they even came back to carry on doing it under another name having been banned.

Mind your language Rendel, we all know swearing is the sign of a weak man/boy. 

And don't make assumptions, you don't seem to like it when I suggest that you are, in fact, just a road.cc staff member profile. For what other reason would you not have been banned considering the language you use and your attitude towards others on here. 

After all, one person was even stupid enough to suggest that I should retract calling you a "nasty piece of work" which from the above comment, reinforces that view. 

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Simon E replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 4 months ago
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Left_is_for_Losers wrote:

Maybe because GCN is generally a positive place advert-led product channel trying to get people into cycling sell overpriced equipment and informing educated and well meaning cyclists of factual information promote said equipment to gullible folk and good news spin, rather than here which is a never-ending rabbit hole of frothing doom and gloom cycle of Tory MPs and councillors lying, cheating, grifting, dog-whistling, gaslighting and scamming the entire country.

The editor has had to work on that pile of tripe you posted. It's a bit more accurate now.

GCN is fine, if you see it solely as light enterainment. The 'science' is suspect, it's about as deep as a toddler's paddling pool with a hole in the bottom and about as edgy or controversial as choosing magnolia wall paint.

Feel free to spend your time on GCN instead of here. wink

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to Simon E | 4 months ago
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Simon E wrote:

GCN is fine, if you see it solely as light enterainment. The 'science' is suspect, it's about as deep as a toddler's paddling pool with a hole in the bottom and about as edgy or controversial as choosing magnolia wall paint.

Feel free to spend your time on GCN instead of here. wink

I think they're clear that the science is not necessarily the work of a professor. 

And yes thank you, since they have updated their website to be more relevant and include news etc, it's a lot better than here. Sorry to have been quieter here than usual.

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perce replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 4 months ago
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I've only just found out a bridge I regularly ride over was designed by Thomas Telford. One of his best apparently.

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to perce | 4 months ago
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perce wrote:

I've only just found out a bridge I regularly ride over was designed by Thomas Telford. One of his best apparently.

Oh, you're back! I thought I'd lost you for a while

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chrisonabike replied to perce | 4 months ago
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Was it one of his troll toll bridges?  There's a nice one in Dunkeld.

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perce replied to chrisonabike | 4 months ago
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Yes, yes it was. I didn't know he was also responsible for the Pontcysillte aqueduct, among his other great works.

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